The relationship between siblings can be chaotic at times, but in the end it’s the only person that truly know you, your history and all the little things that makes you who you are. Sisters and Brothers follow the story of four sets of siblings and their everyday lives, filmed as a “mockumentary” of sorts, we are introduced to Justin and Rory, the brothers who have acting in their blood and Rory who had always wanted to be famous, but got beat to it by his brother. We see the turmoil that transcends from the envy and the drama that follows. Sarah who meets her sister Sita, who she didn’t even know existed and how they need to somehow form a bond and realise that there are two of them to look after. Then we have Nikki and Maggie, who has never really got along, due to how very different they are, but somehow they become closer and realise what friendship means. Then we have Louise and Jerry, who are close, but need to overcome mental illness.
Sisters and Brothers is a fun movie, with a lot of points being made in between the crazy antics that these siblings bring to the screen. Director Carl Bessai was able to capture the trials and tribulations of siblings, the sibling rivalry, the friendship and the love that is shared between brothers and sisters and somehow bring comedy into the mix as well. Though, this isn’t necessarily a comedy, it does have its moments.
The film stars Cory Monteith (Glee), Dustin Milligan (The Entitled), Amanda Crew (The Haunting in Connecticut), Gabrielle Miller (One Dead Indian) and other prominent names in TV and film. In other words, the acting is really something that isn’t usually found in these types of films. However, with all the good comes the bad and what irked me the most is the jumping around from one scene to the next. Of course, with the help of comic art, it is a good transition, but at times it became slightly annoying. As soon as one family’s story become interesting, we are forced into another family’s story and that made me deduct a lot of marks.
On a side-note though, Sisters and Brothers would make for a good TV film, and I am sure that there are a lot of people who would agree that the mockumentary has its charm. However, it’s not the type of film you would want to repeatedly watch. Also, in case you do want to buy it, I’d advise you to wait for it to go into the bargain bin rather. There are good things about it, but Sisters and Brothers simply won’t appeal to the masses.